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Jan 03 08:51

United States Opened ‘Pandora’s Box’ In Middle East

Actions of the United States have, once again, thrown the Middle East into a state of chaos, and there’s significant risk of a new open military conflict, involving Washington and Tehran.

It all began when on January 3rd, a US strike in Baghdad killed Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Qods Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU). Several other Iranian and Iraqi officers were also killed.

Jan 03 08:49

Four Senior Iranian Officers Killed In U.S. Attack To Kill Soleimani: Quds Force

Iran’s Quds Force announced on January 3 that four officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) were killed alongside Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in the recent U.S. strikes on the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Jan 03 08:44

Angry Iranians rally in huge numbers to call for revenge

Massive crowds rallied in many cities across the country to display their resolve to avenge General Soleimani, who was assassinated along several others, including Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy chief of the Iraqi pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

The protesters expressed solidarity with General Soleimani’s family and echoed an statement by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who earlier in the day vowed a “severe revenge” in response to the move by the US military.

Jan 03 08:43

Trump Claims Soleimani Was Hated and Feared in Iran, Should Have Been Taken Out Many Years Ago

The General was the most beloved military man in Iran. Trump is a complete idiot. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians are in the streets right now mourning this man's murder by the idiot Trump!

US President Donald Trump accused late Iranian IRGC Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani of being responsible for "millions" of deaths, thus justifying the American airstrike which killed him early in the morning on 3 January.

Trump also claimed that because of this, Soleimani was "hated and feared" in his homeland and that they actually rejoiced at the news of his demise. The president argued that the man's assassination was long overdue.

Jan 03 08:36

Trump put hit on Soleimani – RT

Trump and the Pentagon might have unleashed a whirlwind. And maybe that was their goal, to unleash a lot of attacks on US forces to crank up a military expansion in the region.

Jan 03 08:32

WORLD WAR III? Has President Donald Trump Lost His Mind? May God Give Us a Moment to Reflect for Peace.

Mr. President,

You have been schlonged by DoD and CIA and the US Army Class of 1986. The assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani within Iraqi territory is right up there with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand that was used as a casus belli for WWI.

If you actually gave this order, you need to consider the possibility that everyone that advised you to do so is an agent of influence for Zionist Israel, and fire them.

Jan 03 08:13

Pompeo in Iran damage control? US ‘committed to de-escalation,’ Soleimani killing ‘saved American lives’

This man and his boss are insane!

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured everyone that Washington wants to ease the tensions in the Middle East, while defending the killing of Iranian elite Quds Force commander as “defensive action.”

Jan 03 07:56

Iran says US crossed ‘red lines’ by assassinating Qassem Soleimani

This crime will not have the results Trump intended. He actually thinks Iran will negotiate now. The man is mentally ill!

Hessamoddin Ashena, adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, has said Washington “passed red lines” with its assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and will “have to face its consequences”.

Jan 03 07:53

Angry Iranians rally in huge numbers to call for revenge

Well Dumass has managed to unite the Iranians. So much for his delusion of regime change.

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets to call for revenge after US assassination of IRGC Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.

Jan 03 07:50

Iraqi PM warns of devastating war, Sadr orders forces to be ready

Sadr has put his forces on alert to drive the US out of Iraq. Smooth move Ex-Lax! (Trump)

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has condemned US assassination of IRGC Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani, warning of devastating consequences for Iraq as senior Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr put all his forces on alert.Sadr sent his condolences to the Iranian nation and Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamanei.

He condemned the targeted assassination of General Soleimani and al-Muhandis as an attempt by Washington to stifle anti-US sentiments in Iraq and the nation's resolve to uproot foreign-backed terrorism.

The cleric also ordered all his forces to maintain readiness to defend the Arab country against further violations by American forces.

Jan 03 07:48

US killing of Iranian commander on Iraqi soil violates terms of US stationing troops in the country – Iraqi PM

In a statement on Friday, the caretaker leader of Iraq's protest-challenged government, Adil Abdul Mahdi, said the US assassination operation was a "flagrant violation of Iraqi sovereignty" and an insult to the dignity of his country.

He stressed that the US had violated the terms under which American troops are allowed to stay in Iraq with the purpose of training Iraqi troops and fighting the jihadist organization Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). He added that the killing may trigger a major escalation of violence and result in "a devastating war in Iraq" that will spill out into the region.

The Iraqi government has called on the parliament to hold an emergency session to discuss an appropriate response, Mahdi said.

Jan 03 07:46

Resistance forces across world carry task of avenging Soleimani: Nasrallah

Secretary General of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has said that resistance forces across the world bear responsibility of punishing those behind the assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani.

"Meting out the just punishment to these criminal assassins, which are the worst criminals of the world, will be the responsibility and task of all resistance fighters worldwide," the Hezbollah chief said in a statement on Friday.

Nasrallah added that his group will continue the path of the assassinated commander and that Washington will fail in achieving its goals with these "big crimes".

Jan 03 07:44

Ansarullah: Assassination of General Soleimani, PMU deputy head US war crime against Muslims

Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has vehemently condemned the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), in US airstrikes in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The politburo of Ansarullah in a statement on Friday described the operation as a war crime by the White House against the entire Muslim Ummah, the anti-Israel axis of resistance and the Palestinian cause.

Jan 03 07:41

Iran Leader vows 'harsh revenge' following assassination of Gen. Soleimani

To please his boss,Neytanyahoo,Trump has placed a target on the back of every American and every American installation around the Planet. This is insanity! Like the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in 2014 started WW1, this foolish,insane act of Donald Trump's may be the beginning of a hot WW3.
God save The Republic from this neocon fools!

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says those who assassinated IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani must await a harsh revenge.

In a statement on Friday, Ayatollah Khamenei said the “cruelest people on earth” assassinated the “honorable” commander who “courageously fought for years against the evils and bandits of the world.”

His demise will not stop his mission, but the criminals who have the blood of General Soleimani and other martyrs of the Thursday night attack on their hands must await a harsh revenge, the Leader added.

Jan 03 07:34

‘Act of international terrorism’: Iran vows ‘vigorous revenge’ on US after Quds Force chief killed in US airstrike

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced a series of US airstrikes that killed the chief of the elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, as international terrorism, warning the US of consequences of “rogue adventurism.”

Jan 03 07:31

US State Dept tells Americans to leave Iraq ‘immediately’ after assassination of Soleimani

You think!

The US State Department is calling on all US citizens to “depart Iraq immediately” in advice issued on Friday, in the wake of the US killing of key Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.

“US citizens should depart via airline while possible, and failing that, to other countries via land,” the State Department advised. “Due to Iranian-backed militia attacks at the US Embassy compound [in Baghdad], all public consular operations are suspended until further notice.”

Jan 03 07:29

Trump tweets after Quds chief killing: ‘Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!’

This zionist neocon idiot just started WW3.

Following the US assassination of Iran's Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani, President Donald Trump took to Twitter, issuing a quite cryptic message that Iran has “never won a war, but never lost a negotiation.”

The assassination was carried out on the personal “direction” of Trump, the US military has said, claiming it was acting to protect America and its citizens. Soleimani was blamed for “the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members”, and was accused of plotting further attacks on the US.

While the killing prompted a lot of self-back-patting among top US officials over a job well done, the US President himself took an apparent conciliatory tone, suggesting that the attack was carried out to push Tehran into negotiations.

Jan 02 20:32

Trump orders attack that kills Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani, other military officials in Baghdad, Pentagon says

President Trump ordered a game-changing U.S. military attack that killed Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' elite Quds Force, among other military officials at Baghdad International Airport early Friday, the Pentagon confirmed.

Jan 02 20:30

Qasem Soleimani killed in Baghdad Airport, Pentagon, IRGC confirm

The Pentagon confirmed Thursday night that the US is responsible for killing Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC Quds Force, in an airstrike inside Baghdad International Airport, along with Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces spokesperson claimed that Israel and the US are behind the attack.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/trump-ordered-assassination-of-qa...

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-01/03/c_138675778.htm

Jan 02 20:28

Iranian Quds commander killed in Baghdad missile attack - TV report

TASS, January 3. Commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were killed in a missile attack near the Baghdad airport on Friday, Sky News Arabia TV channel has reported.

Two high-ranking military officials were traveling in a convoy of vehicles, which were targeted by a series of missile attacks, according to the report. The Pentagon is waiting for DNA tests to confirm these deaths, Newsweek magazine reported citing its source.

Report: US Troops Capture Top Iraqi MP, Militia Leaders

Jan 02 20:25

Top Iranian commander eliminated in Iraq

Qassem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), was eliminated in a US drone strike near the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq overnight Thursday, the Pentagon confirmed.

“At the direction of the President, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization," said a statement from the Pentagon.

Jan 02 20:21

Iran, Pentagon Confirm Death of Quds Commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad Airport Attack

Commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, was killed by the rocket fire near the Baghdad International Airport, Al Arabiya and Sky News broadcasters reported on Friday.

The United States carried out on Friday strikes on two Iran-linked targets in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the Reuters news agency reported, citing unnamed US officials.

Iran Vows Retaliation Following Death of IRGC Commander Soleimani - Senior Military Officer.
https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202001031077925494-iran-vows-retali...

Jan 02 20:16

Commander of Iran’s Quds Force, PMU deputy head martyred in US strike

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), have been killed in US airstrikes in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Jan 02 20:14

Iran Quds Force commander killed in strike on convoy at Baghdad Airport

The shit will hit the fan now!

The head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, has been killed in a strike near the Baghdad International Airport, along with senior leaders of the Iraqi Shia militia, the Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps has confirmed.

The news of the commander’s demise was carried by Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency, citing The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Jan 02 16:01

Baghdad airport engulfed in fire after reported missile attack forces it into shutdown (PHOTOS)

Several rockets have landed at the Baghdad International Airport, located near US and Iraqi military installations. All flights have been cancelled and US military helicopters were seen flying over the area.

Three rockets came down inside the airport perimeter early Friday morning local time, Iraqi security media cell reported. The resulting explosions set two vehicles alight, injuring civilians.

Al Jazeera, citing Iraqi security sources, reported that the projectiles landed next to the passenger exit terminal, forcing the airport into an immediate shutdown.

Jan 02 10:08

Barack Obama welcomed leader of US embassy attack to the White House: Iran's 'point man' in Baghdad Hadi al-Amiri was hosted in the Oval Office in 2011 – eight years before he orchestrated siege in Iraq

The leader of an Iran-backed US embassy siege in Baghdad was welcomed to the White House by Barack Obama eight years ago before becoming Tehran's 'point man' in Iraq.

Hadi al Amiri joined Iraq's then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as his Minister for Transport when he stood in the Oval Office in December 2011.

On Tuesday, he was leading the charge against the US embassy in Baghdad when it was stormed and set alight by pro-Iran militants. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shared a photograph of Amiri amid the rioters, condemning him as an 'Iranian proxy,' and calling those shoulder-to-shoulder with him 'terrorists.'

Jan 02 09:44

The Leftist Cult vs. The Trump Cult: Similarities And Differences

Some of the alternative media is starting to catch on.

Enter Donald Trump, a kind of artificially created focal point machine, a figure that is designed to absorb liberty movement talking points and then regurgitate them in an alphabet soup puddle on Twitter. This rhetoric is relatively effective in that many conservatives recognize parts of the soup and find comfort that Trump “must be on their side”.

I have outlined in numerous articles Trump's dubious background and behavior. To summarize, we often hear lip service from Trump on anti-globalism and anti-elitism, even though it is an undeniable fact that he has saturated his cabinet with globalists and elitists.

We heard anti-banker talking points from Trump during his campaign, even though Trump has a longstanding relationship to the Rothschild family and works side-by-side with Rothschild and Goldman Sachs bankers in the White House.

Jan 02 06:59

Do NOT Go to War with Iran Over Iraq!

Jan 01 14:02

US Attacks Iraqi Military Hundreds of Miles from “Incident”..where Oil Company Contractor Killed while Stealing Iraqi Crude

The attack Trump claims to be retaliating against was against an Iraqi base, not an American base, an attack by ISIS where an American oil worker was killed on an Exxon oil facility…where oil has been stolen from Iraq for years.

Jan 01 12:21

Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ Campaign Is Blowing Up in IraqTrump threatens Iran after protesters storm Iraq Embassy

The threats hadn’t accomplished anything, despite confidence from the administration that they eventually will. Instead, they seem to have brought US ties with neighboring Iraq to the verge of collapse, with the US attacking Iraqi militia Ketaib Hezbollah, presenting them as “Iranian,” and then threatening more attacks.

Making America’s policy around the Middle East so Iran-centric, and making the Iran policy so one-note and bellicose, they have made relations and interests across the Middle East vulnerable not just to thinks Iran actually did, but to anything that officials perceive as Iran’s fault.

It is also exposing the US position in the Middle East as hollow and surprisingly unable to adapt to even minor issues. There are troops in Syria trying to steal oil, troops in Turkey facing the risk of expulsion, and Iraq’s parliament is probably going to be addressing kicking the 5,000 US troops out of there before long at this rate.

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And we have a companion piece, also from ANTIWAR.COM, with the following headline:

Iraq’s Sadr Willing to Work With Rivals to Oust US Troops

Remember this guy, the Iranian Shiite Mullah, who let the US government know, in no uncertain terms, that the US military HAD to leave Iraq the exact moment the SOFA agreement said for the US to leave, otherwise, our service members would wind up as "fair game" for his Mahdi army?!?

So what has this guy done?!? His party won, bigtime, in the last election, and he has been able to cobble together a coalition which now controls the Iraqi Parliament.

It appears that he has waited until now to "find his moment", and he very much might have have done that this time. If his adversaries are willing to cooperate, the US government has one more than one hell of a problem on their hands, than that of a dead US contractor, whose death was blamed on Iranian elements.

Jan 01 08:54

VIDEOS: Ospreys carrying 100 Marines land at US Embassy in Iraq

The Pentagon directed at least 100 crisis response Marines to reinforce the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday following violent protests — and released photos and videos of it all.

Dec 31 19:06

Trump threatens Iran after attack on embassy compound: ‘They will pay a very BIG PRICE!’

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Dec 31 18:56

Fox News: 82nd Airborne's Alert Brigade Could Deploy

The U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division Deployment Ready Brigade has been issued orders to prepare to deploy to Kuwait after hundreds of Iranian-backed militia tried to storm the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, defense officials said Tuesday.

Approximately 500 paratroopers are already enroute to Kuwait, the officials told Fox News, and the alert brigade of approximately 4,000 paratroopers, also known as the DRB, has been told to be ready for a possible deployment. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/troops-middle-east-baghdad-embassy-ku...

Dec 31 09:57

Will War Derail Trump's Reelection?

Yesterday, U.S. F-15s, in five attacks, hit munitions depots and a command center of the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia in Syria and Iraq, a retaliatory raid for a rocket attack on a U.S. training camp that killed an American contractor and wounded four U.S. soldiers.

“For those who ask about the response,” warns a Kataib Hezbollah spokesman, “it will be the size of our faith.” One has to expect Iran and its militia in Iraq to respond in kind.

Dec 31 09:43

Did Pompeo Go Off Reservation in Iraq Attack?

I have to wonder who Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is actually loyal to. Because, the U.S. strike of Kata’ib Hizbullah forces near the Al Qaim border crossing with Syria in Iraq is a dangerous escalation there.

And it’s completely at odds with Trump’s goals of wanting us out of the Middle East. The Al Qaim border crossing is a particular red line for Israel and their allies in the U.S. State and Defense Departments.

Dec 31 09:12

Trump blames Iran for Baghdad embassy attack, promises US will ‘always’ respond strongly

President Donald Trump has blamed Iran for bombing a coalition base and orchestrating the storming of the US Embassy in Baghdad, as Iraqis rage at American airstrikes on militias in the country.

Dec 31 09:05

National Security Council condemns US air strikes as violation of Iraqi sovereignty

The National Security Council held an emergency meeting in Baghdad to discuss the US air strikes against Iraqi forces belonging to Popular Mobilization Units on the Iraqi-Syrian border and the repercussions of this attack.

Following the meeting, the Council said in a statement: “The Iraqi Government condemns this act and considers it a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty. This is a serious violation of the rules of engagement of the Coalition forces, including the US forces, in carrying out operations without the approval of the Iraqi Government.”

It added: “This operation targeted Iraqi forces holding a significant front on the border [with Syria] against Daesh terrorists. This endangers the security and sovereignty of Iraq and threatens the security of all.”

Dec 31 09:03

US Uses False Flag Op to Legitimize Bombing Iraq, Syria

On Friday, 27 December, one or more rockets were fired at an Iraqi base in Kirkuk, which hosts “Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) coalition forces,” reportedly killing one “U.S. citizen [contractor] and [which reportedly] injured four U.S. service members and two members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF).” Though not even ISIS claimed responsibility, the US declared the Iraqi Hezb Allah group and Iran’s Quds Forces — because of “linkage” –culpable.”

The US has continuously said blatantly earlier that it doesn’t want any Iraqi forces near the borders with Syria, in a clear signal to allow ISIS to resurface in that vital Tehran – Baghdad – Damascus Highway.

Dec 31 08:04

Iran denies involvement in attack on U.S. forces in Iraq

TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Iran on Monday denied involvement in recent deadly attack on the U.S. forces in Iraq, Press TV reported.

The Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiee said that "we strongly deny any role in attacks on the U.S. forces" in Iraq.

"This unsubstantiated U.S. claim cannot justify the bombing and killing of people in violation of international regulations," Rabiee was quoted as saying.

Dec 31 08:02

Iraq's Sistani condemns U.S. air strikes on militia

Sadr and now Sistani have come out against the US. Trump has made a huge mistake.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani condemned on Monday U.S. air strikes that hit several bases of an Iran-backed militia and killed at least 25 people, demanding respect for Iraq’s sovereignty.

Dec 31 07:55

U.S. Says Strikes on Militia in Iraq Sent a Warning to Iran

This militia we bombed has been very effective against ISIS. Makes me want to puke thinking that the USAF is flying top cover for ISIS!

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. air strikes on five bases in Iraq and Syria used by an Iranian-backed militia sent a warning to Tehran that President Donald Trump’s patience has its limits.

Dec 31 07:52

Iraqi PMU leader vows retaliation for US airstrikes on Kataib Hezbollah

Muhandis, who has ties to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said the PMU response 'will be very tough' on US forces

Dec 31 07:50

Iraq's Sadr says he is willing to work with Iran-backed rivals to oust U.S. troops

Sadr is now off the fence.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Monday he was willing to work with Iran-backed militia groups - his political rivals - to end the United States military presence in Iraq through political and legal means.

If that does not work, he will “take other actions” in cooperation with his rivals to kick out U.S. troops. Sadr’s militia fought U.S. troops for years following Washington’s invasion and toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Dec 31 07:48

US-Iraq Ties at Stake After Deadly US Airstrikes

Iraq says strikes a 'sinful violation' of sovereignty
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A flurry of US airstrikes on Sunday morning targeting Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) forces is quickly fueling fallout in US-Iraqi relations, as the Iraqi government warns that such unilateral attacks are unacceptable.

Iraqi officials issued a statement cautioning that the attack would have dangerous consequences, and that it has forced the Iraqi government to “review” its relations with the US. Protesters were burning US flags in Baghdad.

Dec 31 07:47

Russia slams US attack against Kata’eb Hezbollah in Iraq and Syria

Moscow views US air strikes against Hezbollah facilities in western Iraq and eastern Syria as unacceptable and counter-productive, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Dec 31 07:44

Smoke billows from US embassy in Baghdad as American forces attempt to disperse protesters

According to reports, Iraqis, who earlier attended the funerals of those killed in the military strikes, are burning American flags and shouting “Down, down, USA” and “Death to America”.

#KataibHezbollah flag flying over #US embassy in #Baghdad. pic.twitter.com/KOI2eqvcnV

— Barzan Sadiq (@BarzanSadiq) December 31, 2019

At the same time, Iraqi protesters stormed a U.S. military post in the Green Zone, setting fire to it. Furthermore, protesters were seen destroying the embassy’s walls, while pushing closer to the diplomatic mission.

Dec 31 07:42

Live Updates: Police Fire Tear Gas to Push Iraq Protesters Back From US Embassy - Reports

Tensions between Washington and Baghdad escalated after the American military carried out airstrikes targeting five facilities of the Kata'ib Hezbollah Shia militia group in Syria and Iraq.

Numerous Iraqi citizens have gathered outside the US Embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone, protesting against the latest airstrikes by the American military in the country.

According to reports, Iraqis, who earlier attended the funerals of those killed in the military strikes, are burning American flags and shouting "Down, down, USA" and "Death to America".

Dec 31 07:39

US Embassy in Iraq evacuated amid angry protests over airstrike on PMU

The United States’ Embassy in Baghdad has been evacuated after thousands of angry Iraqi demonstrators gathered outside the gates of the compound to condemn Washington’s fatal military aggression that targeted Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

Also on Tuesday, Iraqis held a massive funeral procession in the capital Baghdad for the victims of the US air raids, which killed at least 31 PMU fighters from the Kata’ib Hezbollah faction and injured dozens of others in near the Syrian border in Anbar Province.

Caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has announced three days of public mourning.

Dec 31 07:36

Donald Trump: Iran Will Be Held Fully Responsible for Attacks in Iraq

Fucking Israeli Stooge!

President Donald Trump warned Iran on Tuesday that it would be held responsible for the militia attacks in Iraq.

“We strongly responded, and always will,” Trump said. “Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible.”

Dec 31 07:29

Protesters ‘break into’ US embassy compound in Baghdad, as crowds rally against American airstrikes in Iraq (PHOTO, VIDEO)

What a neocon suckup Trump is!

Dozens of Iraqi protesters furious over airstrikes that targeted Hezbollah positions have forced their way into the US embassy compound in Baghdad. Tear gas and sounds of gunfire were reported at the scene.

Plumes of dark smoke could be seen rising from the compound, as protesters waved Hezbollah flags and chanted “Down, down USA!”, “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”

Dec 30 08:35

Iraqi-US ties in jeopardy as Baghdad slams Washington over attack

US forces carried out airstrikes against five facilities belonging to Iraqi Shia militia group Kata’ib Hezbollah on Sunday, killing over two dozen people and injuring over 50 more following Friday’s deadly rocket attack on a US military base in northern Iraq.

Iraqi President Barham Salih has condemned the US airstrikes on Iraq’s Kata’ib Hezbollah militia movement, describing the strikes as “unacceptable,” the Iraqi News Agency has reported.

Dec 30 08:32

US Military Releases First Footage of Airstrikes Against Iraqi Militia - Video

This was a big mistake Trump made for his Israeli masters.

US airstrikes on five Iraqi and Syrian facilities used by the Baghdad-allied Kata’ib Hezbollah Shia militia killed at least 25 militia members and injured 51 others.

Dec 30 08:29

Gold Prices Skyrocket to Highest in Two Months as Dollar Nosedives

Earlier this month, the newspaper South China Morning Post reported that gold prices had been on track for their best year since 2010 amid the US-China trade war.

Gold prices have increased to their highest in more than two months as the dollar plummeted following the Pentagon’s statement about the US military strikes on Hezbollah facilities in Syria and Iraq, Reuters reports.

Dec 30 08:19

2019: A disastrous year for Trump’s foreign policy

Twenty-nineteen could best be described as a year when Donald Trump’s foreign policy unraveled on so many fronts. It became ever more erratic, one-sided and personalized, changing with the US president’s mood swings. The crisis, as many would call it, has been a long time in the making, and the implications will surely cast a long shadow over the new decade.

Trump, a self-proclaimed deal maker, is floundering as much internationally as he is domestically. The US, on his watch, arguably has less leverage with its allies than it has had at any time in modern history. Trump’s foreign policies—from the Middle East and North Korea to Venezuela— have largely failed

Dec 30 08:13

US under barrage of criticism over strikes in Iraq

"These attacks have once again proved America's false claims in fighting the Takfiri group of Daesh as the United States has targeted the positions of forces that over the years have inflicted heavy blows to Daesh terrorists," Mousavi said Monday.

"With these attacks, America has shown its firm support for terrorism and its disregard for the independence and sovereignty of countries and it must accept responsibility for the consequences of its illegal act," he said.

In a statement on Monday, Iraq's popular Hashd al-Sha'abi said the death toll from the US airstrikes had risen to 25, vowing to avenge the “aggression of evil American ravens.”

Dec 30 07:46

Breaking: Iraqi President Condemns US, Duff on Press TV (tour de force analysis)

In a short statement, Kata’ib Hezbollah described the attacks as “disregard and humiliation for the sovereignty and honor of the Iraqi nation”.

The attacks targeted “our sons which were defending our country’s western borders,” the statement said, calling on the country’s security forces to “prepare for a new page” of “honor and dignity” in dislodging US forces from the country.

Iraq’s Asaib Ahl al-Haq group, which is part of the PMU, also issued a statement calling for all of the country’s political factions to respond to Washington’s “cowardly attack”.

“Today, ending US military presence in Iraq is essential by all means necessary before it lasts any longer,” the statement read.

The air raids were welcomed by Israel’s foreign minister, Yisrael Katz, who described the event as a “turning point in the regional response to Iran and its proxies”.

Dec 30 07:34

US Middle East Forever Wars

On Sunday, US warplanes terror-bombed sites in Iraq and Syria. It followed a rocket attack, killing a US private military contractor on a base where Pentagon troops are based near Kirkuk, Iraq, wounding US military personnel.

Iran had nothing to do with what happened. The US blamed Iraqi militants falsely linked to Iran.

In mid-December, Pompeo falsely blamed Iran for earlier rocket attacks on Pentagon bases in Iraq, threatening retaliation if US personnel and allies are killed or injured.

No evidence links Iran to hostile regional actions — US, NATO, Israeli, Saudi, UAE specialties, along with terrorist proxies they support.

Dec 30 07:20

After U.S. Strike On Iraqi Forces Its Troops Will (Again) Have To Leave

Within Syria @WithinSyriaBlog - 17:43 UTC · Dec 29, 2019
Trump just made the mistake of his presidency.

That may be true or may be not true. Here is what happened.

On Friday a volley of some 30 107mm Katyusha rockets hit the K1 base which houses Iraqi and U.S. troops near Kirkuk, Iraq. One U.S. mercenary/contractor died, two Iraqi and four U.S. soldiers were wounded. Instead of finding the real culprits - ISIS remnants, disgruntled locals, Kurds who want to regain control over Kirkuk - the U.S. decided that Kata'ib Hizbullah was the group guilty of the attack.

The strikes were in total disregard of Iraqi sovereignty and against forces under direct command of the Iraqi state:The strikes were designed to kill those who still fight ISIS in its most virulent hide outs:

Rania Khalek @RaniaKhalek - 18:44 UTC · Dec 29, 2019

Dec 28 14:33

US Navy Chief Says Only ‘Regime Change’ in Iran Can Stop Country’s ‘Provocative Actions’ in Gulf

Russian and Chinese warships joined Iran’s Navy and Revolutionary Guards vessels on Friday for four days’ worth of maritime exercises in the Gulf of Oman and the northern Indian Ocean, simulating search and rescue, anti-piracy and shooting drills.

The US Navy is concerned that the recent lull in hostilities with Iran following this summer’s string of escalatory actions in the form of tanker sabotage attacks, ship seizures and drone shootdowns may be repeated, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has said.

“I think they’re going to continue to perform provocative actions over there,” Modly said, speaking to Reuters on Friday. “And I think they’ll look at every opportunity they can to do that,” he added, without offering any more details.

“There’s nothing that suggests to me, short of a regime change there, that you have a different tone set from the leadership, that would suggest to me that they’re going to stop doing what they’ve been doing,” Modly explained.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Major Modly, can you please produce something even remotely resembling the hard evidence, regarding Iran's alleged "provocations"?!?

Because for the US to go to war against Iran right now, or in the near future, is "inviting" a Russian retaliation through the deployment of their newest and most deadly weapon, against which the US and its allies have utterly no defense; the Avangard, which has recently been introduced to the Russian military.

Dec 28 05:03

Israel's Military Chief Outlines Strategy For "Coming War" With Iran & Its Allies

Via AlMasdarNews.com,

The Chief-of-Staff for the Israeli Armed Forces, Aviv Kochavi, said on Wednesday that Israel cannot allow Iran to station militarily in Iraq. According to Ynet News, Kochavi stated on the seventh anniversary of the death of the former Chief-of-Staff, Amnon Lipkin Shahak, that the Israeli army would never allow Iran to be stationed in Iraq.

“The Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Iraq… transfer advanced weapons there monthly. We cannot leave this situation without interference,” he said.

“In the coming war, we will have to attack with great force in populated areas and also target the state structure or the entity that allows terrorism to act against us,” Kochavi continued.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, Aviv Kochavi has certainly spelled out Israel's intentions; but one has to wonder, just where does that put the US government, vis a vis, with its relationship with Israel?

Let me tell you about a Defense Pact, being cobbled together by Netanyahu and Pompeo, which should have the hairs on the back of your neck standing up and shivering:

Netanyahu, Pompeo Push Forward With US-Israel Defense PactAnd here is the most utterly terrifying line in the whole article:

"Details of the pact aren’t clear, beyond it committing the US to war to defend Israel."

What the hell?!? I mean, yes, we know that Mike Pompeo, our Secretary of State is a "Rapture Aficionado", as he has made clear in a number of speeches, including this one in 2015:
Mr. Pompeo talks about the rapture. “We will continue to fight these battles,” he said at a “God and Country Rally” in 2015, because there is a “never-ending struggle” until “the rapture.”

But to conflate biblical conjecture with insane foreign policy, which such a US/Israeli defense pact would imply?!?!?

Those who believe in The Rapture, also believe that an entire, world-engulfing war has to happen as the "trigger" for the Rapture to begin. Is this, possibly, Pompeo's "trigger" for such an action to happen?!?

“Be part of it,” he said at the meeting, at the Summit church in Wichita, Kan. “Be in the fight.”

In November, Mr. Pompeo told a reporter for The New York Times Magazine that the Bible “informs everything I do.” The reporter noticed an open Bible in his office, with a Swiss Army knife marking his place at the end of the book of Queen Esther.

This legislation will most probably be "rolled out" in some form, in March, right after the AIPAC Policy conference in DC.

The fact that Netanyahu, bribery charges, et al, still won the last "snap" election in Israel last week, means that he will be certain to push for this legislation to be "fast-tracked and passed" by Congress, before they even can realise the implications of such a pact, which throws America's military into any Israeli confrontation in the Middle East, no matter if Israel actually started the fight, or did not.
Unfortunately, just because something might be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid piece of legislation to be thrown at Congress, is utterly no guarantee that they will not pass it, particularly if their political lives depend on those AIPAC donations and its good will.

Dec 27 14:41

Get Ready to Fight Israel’s Next War

It will be up to you, the clueless American citizen, to fight and pay for Israel’s war against its neighbors. This coming war was announced this week by Aviv Kochavi, the Israel Defense Force chief of staff.

Dec 27 11:25

Israel Preparing for War on Iran?

And Trump loves and supports these war criminals.

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Israel’s longtime goal is unchallenged Middle East dominance partnered with Washington.

Achieving it depends on transforming independent regional nations into US/Israeli vassal states by war or other hostile means, Iran most of all.Israel considers civilians legitimate targets, striking residential areas indiscriminately in all its wars of aggression, the policy stated earlier by future IDF chief General Gadi Eisenkot, saying:

“We will apply disproportionate force at the heart of the enemy’s weak spot (civilians) and cause great damage and destruction.”

Dec 20 08:27

High Noon For Trump: The Impeachment Charade

The Trump deception has been one of the Jews’ most brilliant accomplishments. And it seems they’ve induced across the land a debilitating cognitive dissonance. “How can Trump possibly be a bad guy,” many across America are now asking, “if the likes of Nancy Pelosi can’t stand him?”

ARCH STANTON : Trump has just given Israel the international green light to do whatever it deems necessary to protect its interests in the Near East — and the Near East its getting nearer all the time. He has armed the Jewish House of Saud with nukes and other high tech weapons. Those nukes, combined with Israel’s nukes, make the Jews not only a monstrous regional threat, but a global menace as well.

Dec 19 13:49

Cancer Cases on Sharp Increase in Iraq's Al-Anbar after US Use of Banned Munitions

Medical authorities in al-Anbar province in Western Iraq report a sharp rise in the number of registered cases of cancer diagnosis as a result of the US military's use of banned munitions at the time of occupation.

"The radiation of prohibited ammunition used during the US occupation of Iraq is the most important cause for the heightened number of cancer patients in al-Anbar province," an oncologist in the province was quoted as saying by the Arabic-language Afaq news channel on Wednesday.

He noted that people in al-Anbar are facing different problems risen from the Americans' use of banned weapons and munitions, and said that cancer is a disease whose treatment is much costly, while people in the province cannot afford it, and even the few that could bear the huge expenses are facing shortage of cancer drugs.

The US troops used white phosphorus in the offensive in the Iraqi city of Falluja in 2004, the US said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...very sparingly...", MY ASTROLABE!!

To be a citizen of a country with absolutely zero shame about using prohibited weapons, such as white phosphorous, when its ability to create cancer is undisputed, is a very bitter, and difficult, reality for thinking people who care about this country's future.

Color me one of those people.

Remember the way we were programmed, as kids, into believing that this country would never do something immoral, just for the sake of expediency?!?

These war crimes (and those still being committed, as in Yemen) make an absolute mockery of the concept of the US government as responsible, valuing human life, or moral; those running this government don't give rat's anus about anything over and above the financial outcome of these endless wars with which to protect its financial hegemony.

And when we know about such things happening as a result of US foreign policy, and do nothing, we are ultimately responsible for these war crimes, even if we didn't commit them ourselves, because we didn't have the courage to (peacefully and rationally) confront those who gave the orders to commit those crimes.

Dec 19 11:08

SAUDI OIL ATTACK AND CHOREOGRAPHED PROTESTS IN IRAN-ALIGNED COUNTRIES:

In order to bring home the significance of the Persian Gulf’s oil in the energy-starved industrialized world, here are a few stats from the OPEC data: Saudi Arabia has the world’s largest proven crude oil reserves of 265 billion barrels and its daily oil production is 10 million barrels; Iran and Iraq each has 150 billion barrels reserves and has the capacity to produce 5 million barrels per day each; while UAE and Kuwait each has 100 billion barrels reserves and produces 3 million barrels per day each; thus, all the littoral states of the Persian Gulf, together, hold 788 billion barrels, more than half of world’s 1477 billion barrels proven oil reserves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The government of Iran may be many things; stupid, however, is not one of them.

They understand that anything which even looks like some kind of attack against American/Israeli assets in the region, would be followed by a counterattack which would turn Tehran into molten glass.

This is also why, when any kind of attack happens in the Middle East or beyond, against American/Israeli assets (and I wouldn't bet against this, right now), you will know for certain, that Iran had no part in it.

Dec 18 11:00

On Rogues and Rogue States

Washington never sleeps in its campaigns to improve the lives of people whose most fervent wish is that America stop improving their lives. To give the Afghans democracy, human rights, and American values, the US has for eighteen years been bombing, bombing, bombing a largely illiterate population in a nation where America has no business. It is a coward’s war with warplanes butchering peasants who have no defenses. The pilots and drone operators who do this deserve contempt, as does the country that sends them. How many more years? For what purpose? And how were the German Nazis different?

Dec 17 05:10

US Navy SEALs Were Warned by Commanders Not to Report War Crimes

US war crimes in Iraq in general are a well-substantiated fact. Navy SEALs say they saw some “shocking” things, which other SEALs kill children with sniper rifles, spraying civilian neighborhoods with machine gun fire, etc.

Seeing such things was par for the course, in Iraq, but talking about it was another thing entirely. Several platoon members took the matter of war crimes by their platoon chief to troop commanders. They were immediately rebuked.

Not only did the commander tell them not to report the crimes to him, he warned them that talking about the war crimes at all would jeopardize their careers. War crimes are meant to be seen, but not heard about.

Dec 14 04:55

Pompeo warns Iran of 'decisive response' if harm in Iraq

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday warned Iran of a "decisive" response if US interests are harmed in Iraq, after a series of rocket attacks on bases.

"We must... use this opportunity to remind Iran's leaders that any attacks by them, or their proxies of any identity, that harm Americans, our allies or our interests will be answered with a decisive US response," Pompeo said in a statement.

"Iran must respect the sovereignty of its neighbors and immediately cease its provision of lethal aid and support to third parties in Iraq and throughout the region," he said.

The United States has expressed mounting concern about the flurry of attacks on Iraqi bases used by US troops, several of which it has blamed on Iranian-backed Shiite paramilitary groups.

Two rocket attacks this week targeted a compound near Baghdad International Airport, which houses US troops, with an incident Monday wounding Iraqi troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are so many possibilities for a false flag before the end of the year, that one hardly knows were to start; that being said, however, Iraq is certainly one of those places where a false flag against an American entity could be done, blamed on Iran, and off we would be going.

However, as someone who doesn't walk in the halls of power in DC, I must shudder at what appears a huge "gap of awareness" which makes itself known, when Secretary State Pompeo, hauls off with threats like these.

Has he not been made privy to the following article ( and the article was written in English; you didn't even have to read Russian to read i)t, and here is what it said:

Iran won't be alone, if the US attacks it. The statement was made by Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow.

And I am stunned here; if I know about it as just a plain-Jane citizen of this country, why do you, Secretary Pompeo, apparently not know that this was said publicly by a Russian official?!?

And sir, were I you, I would take Kabulov at his word; and at the moment he made this declaration he was channeling Putin.

It has been said, that some people this close to Putin don't even FART without asking his permission.

Mr. Secretary, I am imploring you as politely as I can, please do not go to war with Iran, because it will, most likely mean war with Russia.

Please do not "get drunk on the cork" of any "victory is ours" scenarios,
being "curated" for you by any of our governmental agencies at the moment; the track record of the US government's having signed off on these concepts,
for at least the past 20 years, stinks with the wretched, fetid odor of a badly conjured, dart-board foreign policy, where the people who created these scenarios were pathologically incapable of seeing them through to their logical conclusion.

Dec 12 07:57

The Warfare State Lied About Afghanistan, Iraq, & Syria. They Will Lie Again!

Authored by Tho Bishop via The Mises Institute,

This week saw the Washington Post published a bombshell report titled “The Afghanistan Papers,” highlighting the degree to which the American government lied to the public about the ongoing status of the war in Afghanistan. Within the thousands of pages, consisting of internal documents, interviews, and other never-before-released intel, is a vivid depiction of a Pentagon painfully aware of the need to keep from the public the true state of the conflict and the doubts, confusion, and desperation of decision-makers spanning almost 20 years of battle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At 70, I have a very clear memory of the Vietnam war; many of the young men drafted, who were my friends and sometimes brother and sister musicians, never made it back alive, or were mentally, or physically, or both, shattered beyond repair, for the rest of their lives.

I understood, that the premise under which this horrendous, genocidal war was being fought, had utterly no relationship to what we were told by the TV; Radio, and government-owned writers.

In short, what this US government does, is lie; obfuscate; and throw up smoke screens, so that the US citizens will not, clearly, be able to look at the long view, and see what is really going on.

It is generally the alternative media which does this, although kudos to WaPo, for having published this article, because it states, very clearly, what many Americans have suspected for quite some time now; politicians, in order to keep their buddies in the military industrial complex happy, is "arrange" for this country to be in almost perpetual war. Earnings boom for those companies, allowing them to give even more support to candidates who see the world as they do, financially, and this is their perspective, and philosophy:

1. Destabilize an existing, not-pro-US government with one which is.

2. Make sure that the resources of that country are expropriated by companies with which they are "embedded", for this kind of work, with the people living over or around those resources, getting precious little compensation for them, if any.

3. Insure that the funds in which these resources are sold, are only US dollars.

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in their origins, the man was absolutely correct.

Dec 12 06:32

The Israel Lobby’s Hidden Hand in the Theft of Iraqi and Syrian Oil

“We want to bring our soldiers home. But we did leave soldiers because we’re keeping the oil,” President Trump stated on November 3, before adding, “I like oil. We’re keeping the oil.”

Though he had promised a withdrawal of U.S. troops from their illegal occupation of Syria, Trump shocked many with his blunt admission that troops were being left behind to prevent Syrian oil resources from being developed by the Syrian government and, instead, kept in the hands of whomever the U.S. deemed fit to control them, in this case, the U.S.-backed Kurdish-majority militia known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Dec 11 06:28

Drone targets Shia cleric's home in Iraq

A drone has reportedly targeted the home of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf, a leader of his movement said Saturday.

In a statement, Saleh Muhammad al-Iraqi, who is close to the Shia cleric, said the attack came "in response to orders issued by al-Sadr to protect protesters" in Baghdad.

No injuries were reported in the drone attack, according to a local police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) of the Sadrist movement went to Tahrir Square in central Baghdad on Friday in order to protect the protesters after an attack by gunmen left 16 demonstrators dead.

Dec 10 14:48

After Rockets Hit Baghdad Airport Base, US Says Iran Targeting Americans

On Monday four rockets of unknown origin struck an Iraqi military base near the Baghdad International Airport, also site to many US and coalition forces. This follows at least nine "increasingly sophisticated" rocket attacks on joint US-Iraq military facilities over just the past five weeks.

The Pentagon believes Iran is behind these and other attacks, CNN reports, according to several US defense official sources, who say further Iran's Shia proxies are involved in planning "new provocations against US troops and interests in the region."

Monday's major assault near the sprawling Baghdad airport appeared to target a main training center where US troops advise members of the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service. No Americans were reported hurt; however, six Iraq security force members were injured according to official statements, with two in critical condition.

Dec 09 10:42

Target… Iran!? 74,000 U.S. Troops in the Middle East

Now enter the strange coincidence of renewed unrest in Iraq – mainly from Sadr City, where the surprising turn of the US screw was the turning of Muqtada al-Sadr for Saudi, the United States CIA, and for Israel in Iraq.

The split seems to have occurred since 2009 when the Mahdi army was militarily defeated in Iraq. Armed militias such as Asaib Ahl al-Haq, instrumental in defeating ISIS in Anbar, and aligned with Iran, openly fought Sadr’s men at times. The result was that al Sadr was forcibly set adrift by Iran and it appears Sadr chose to preserve his own hide rather than preserve his honor. According to an expert in impressive tradecraft, Sadr was “for rent”.

Dec 08 09:34

"International and regional conspiracy" behind Iraq unrest: Political figure

The wave of recent unrest in Iraq stems from an "international and regional conspiracy" against the government and people in the Arab country, a senior Iraqi politician says, adding that the violence and chaos in Iraq is aimed at bringing the former dictatorship back to power.

Dec 04 15:06

Trump administration considers 14,000 more troops for Middle East – WSJ

Providing additional information on the fresh tussle between the United States (US) and Iran, after the US navy spotted missile parts linked to Iran, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) came out with the story that says the Trump administration is looking to deploy around 14,000 more troops in the Middle East. The news relies on anonymous US officials.

Key quotes
The Trump administration is considering a significant expansion of the U.S. military footprint in the Middle East, including dozens of more ships, other military hardware and as many as 14,000 additional troops to counter Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Where is President Trump actually going to place these troops?!?

Israel? Saudi Arabia? Bahrain? Iraq? Syria?!?

And would someone please tell me just what the hell Iran has done recently, other than develop a financial system which can allow European countries to do do business with them, other than SWIFT?!?

Or.... Is Bibi Netanyahu just having an officially horrible week, and he has "ordered" one of his BFFs (President Trump) to start something militarily, to "take the pressure off of him", during these corruption trials?!?

This is all speculation, until we can see what the timing of the deployment will be, and how many US military will be dispatched to where President Trump and the Pentagon think they should be, and I would imagine we will probably know later this month.

And we have an ominous, darkly threatening headline from zerohedge, with the following title: US Officials Tout Fresh Intelligence; there is an imminent Attack Threat Against US Troops

The article goes on to state: "As is typical when vague claims of a new 'Iran threat' is on the horizon there's absolutely nothing in terms of specifics or evidence, just anonymous officials and fear inducing headlines (also via the same intel bureaucrats which gave us the Iraq war)".

Dec 03 00:57

Parties Hold Talks on a New PM as Protests; Continue Talks began in the lead-up to Abdul-Mahdi's resignation

Last week’s resignation of Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi didn’t take anyone by surprise in Iraq, least of all parliament. Officials say that talks on his replacement had already begun days before he resigned, and are now actively going on in earnest.

Which isn’t to say that finding a new premier is going to be easy. Agreeing on Abdul-Mahdi as a compromise candidate took awhile, and there are even more obstacles in the way of anyone being a long-term success now.

Large protests continue to rage, demanding wholesale reforms. The Shi’ite coalition that controls Iraq’s parliament will need to satisfy them with an appointment, but also satisfy the US and Iran, two nations that traditionally hold massive sway on Iraqi politics.

With the protesters demanding an end to foreign influence, it’s tough to imagine anyone that passes the requirements set by the US and Iran would still be palatable to the protest movement, and if he’s not, he’s probably going to have a very short tenure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is obvious that "business as usual" will not proceed in Iraq until the reasonable demands of its people are satisfied; and that may take a very long time to get sorted, courtesy of the US invasion and occupation.

Dec 03 00:31

The Superpowers Battling Over Iraq's Giant Oil Field

For Russia, the Middle East offers a key military pivot from which it can project influence West and East and that it can use to capture and control massive oil and gas flows in both directions as well.

For China, the Middle East – and, absolutely vitally, Iran and Iraq – are irreplaceable stepping stones towards Europe for its era-defining ‘One Belt, One Road’ project.

Earlier this week an announcement was made by Iraq’s Oil Ministry that highlights each of these factors at play, through a relatively innocuous-sounding contract award to a relatively unknown Chinese firm.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, it appears that the real "winners" of the US's invasion and occupation of Iraq, will be either China or Russia, or China and Russia, possibly working together in some deal with which to benefit both countries, when this project is completed?!?

Nov 30 06:49

IRAQ PM ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION AFTER 40 PROTESTERS KILLED ON SINGLE DEADLIEST DAY

After two months of anti-corruption and anti-government protests have rocked Iraq, resulting in a death toll into the hundreds as the unrest turns increasingly sectarian and which has included the burning of two Iranian consulates, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi says he will resign.

He announced in an official statement put out by his office that he will submit his resignation to parliament after the country’s top Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, suddenly pulled support, telling the nation in a Friday sermon that parliament should “reconsider its options” after putting Mahdi in power in the first place.

The subsequent statement signed by Abdul Mahdi indicated the following:

In response to this call, and in order to facilitate it as quickly as possible, I will present to parliament a demand (to accept) my resignation from the leadership of the current government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perhaps with this development, Iraqis will feel that they have at least a modicum of control over their government, but it has come at a great cost, with a terrible loss of life.

One has to wonder who the next US-Centric "bag man" will be put in place by the US government, or to what degree this may be possible, after Mahdi's resignation.

Nov 29 06:41

Iraq Troops Kill 28 Protesters After Iran’s Consulate Torched: Security forces increasingly aggressive in shooting protesters

day after protesters in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf burned the Iranian consulate to the ground, Iraqi security forces are out in force with increasingly aggressive tactics, shooting live ammunition into crowds of protesters, and killing at least 28.

The biggest incident was in Nassiriya, where protesters were trying to block a bridge. Troops opened fire into the crowd, killing at least 24, and wounding dozens of others in the process.

The other four protesters were killed in Baghdad, also near a bridge, when troops opened fire on them. One protester said that since the consulate burned, riot police are “shooting at us as if we were burning Iraq as a whole.”

Iraq’s government has repeatedly ordered the troops to get more aggressive in stopping the protests, and they seem increasingly to appreciate that the only way they will remain in power is through sheer force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a point past which sheer force cannot prevail, if the entire country is truly agitated against the corruption and incompetence Iraqis are seeing in their government.

The question is, how long is Iraq's current military going to play along with its leadership, before it finds itself siding with Iraq's civilians?!?

With events unfolding so rapidly, this is a hard one to predict, but I would not bet against Iraq's military turning against the government relatively quickly.

I would also not bet against US intelligence operatives, stoking the fires of resentment against Iran in Iraq.

Nov 28 10:22

Iraqi forces shoot dead 27 people and set up 'crisis cells' to quash unrest after anti-government protesters set fire to Iranian consulate

Security forces in Iraq shot dead 27 anti-government protesters in a 24-hour period, amid spiraling violence in the capital and the country's south, as Iran condemned the burning of its consulate.

Security forces Thursday fired live ammunition, killing four protesters and wounding 22 on the strategic Ahrar Bridge in Baghdad, security and medical officials said.

Violence across southern Iraq continued throughout the night, with security forces killing 23 protesters and wounding 165 since Wednesday evening. Protesters closed roads and police and military forces were deployed across key oil-rich provinces.

Authorities responded to the unrest by setting up joint military-civilian 'crisis cells' and imposing a curfew in the southern holy city of Najaf where protesters stormed and set fire to the Iranian consulate. The Iranian staff were not harmed, and escaped out the back door.

Nov 28 08:18

In "Message To Tehran" Iraqi Protesters Torch Another Iranian Consulate

The month of protest mayhem has continued in Iraq, on Wednesday once again escalating into attacks on Iranian and pro-Iranian bases and sites, especially in the restive southern provinces, where Tehran's proxies in Iraq are considered strongest.

Reuters reports, "Iraqi protesters stormed and set fire to the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Najaf on Wednesday, police and civil defense sources said."

Consular staff had reportedly evacuated as mobs of angry demonstrators gathered prior to the incident, which involved Iraqis storming the compound and breaching the gates. A mass blaze then erupted from within during the evening hours as social media videos quickly put online show.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how many US intelligence assets are on the ground in Iraq and Iran right now, attempting to create mischief.

Nov 28 07:37

In "Message To Tehran" Iraqi Protesters Torch Another Iranian Consulate

The month of protest mayhem has continued in Iraq, on Wednesday once again escalating into attacks on Iranian and pro-Iranian bases and sites, especially in the restive southern provinces, where Tehran's proxies in Iraq are considered strongest.

Reuters reports, "Iraqi protesters stormed and set fire to the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Najaf on Wednesday, police and civil defense sources said."

Consular staff had reportedly evacuated as mobs of angry demonstrators gathered prior to the incident, which involved Iraqis storming the compound and breaching the gates. A mass blaze then erupted from within during the evening hours as social media videos quickly put online show.

Iraqis attacking Iranian consulate in Najaf. Symbolism hard to miss. #IranProtests #IraqProtests #irancables pic.twitter.com/rCajjKpSXz

— Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) November 27, 2019

Nov 28 06:49

US Moves Forward With Saudi Troop MissionUS negotiates cost-sharing for growing presence in Saudi Arabia

According to Pentagon officials, the US has begun negotiations with Saudi Arabia on the question of cost-sharing for the ever-growing US military presence in the Saudi kingdom. Talks began with the arrival of US radar and air defense systems.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley met with the Saudi crown prince this week and brought up this matter. Milley was presenting the US presence as aimed squarely at Iran, and deterring Iran from attacking the Saudis.

Gen. Milley also intended to give the impression that this was not a short-term mission, either, saying the US wants to maintain this presence in the region as part of America’s overall regional footprint.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The burgeoning US military presence in Saudi Arabia, is about much more than protecting the country from alleged "Iranian covert elements" destroying oil processing facilities here; it is about establishing a beachhead for the coming war against Iran, and assisting in "turning" governments in the region into governments which are far more US-centric, than is their current leadership.

The government of Iran understands this, which is why their military did a massive defense drill last week; the question here, is not if, but when.

Nov 28 05:31

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT TO EXPAND GLOBAL ARMS EXPORTS IN 2020

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
The Israeli government is aiming to increase the volume of Israel’s defence exports, reported Globes, which has revealed the main points of the plan for the first time.

The project, being overseen by the Defence Ministry’s International Defence Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) led by Brigadier General (Res.) Yair Kulas, will begin to be rolled out in early 2020.

According to Globes, the plan is based on “focused seminars for senior commanders in foreign armies”, Israeli military “assistance for promoting sales of Israeli weapons”, and “subsidising small and medium-sized defence companies seeking to sell arms around the world”.

Speaking this week, Kulas said that SIBAT favours a major expansion of agreements between countries, resulting in significant deals for the large defence companies, especially Elbit Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unsurprised at this development; but one has to wonder how Israeli weaponry really stands up to that of China or Russia, at this point?!?

Nov 25 10:24

Trump Must Understand a War With Iran Would Be Hell

Sixteen years ago, the George W. Bush administration manipulated intelligence to scare the public into backing an aggressive war against Iraq.

Now the Trump administration appears to be following the same well-worn path. The president has fixated on Iran, tearing up the nuclear accord with Tehran and declaring economic war on it—as well as anyone dealing with Iran. He is pushing America toward war even as he insists that he wants peace. How stupid does he believe we are?

Thousands of dead Americans, tens of thousands of wounded and maimed U.S. personnel, hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis, and millions of Iraqis displaced. There was the sectarian conflict, destruction of the historic Christian community, the creation of Al Qaeda in Iraq—which morphed into the far deadlier Islamic State—and the enhanced influence of Iran. The prime question was how could so many supposedly smart people be so stupid?

Nov 25 06:50

Iraq leaders 'unaware' of Mike Pence's 'stealthy' Iraq visit as American VP avoids Baghdad

US Vice President Mike Pence avoided meeting Iraqi federal government leaders during a surprise trip on Saturday to the country.

In his first visit as vice president, Pence visited American troops at Ain al-Asad base in western Iraq's Anbar province, but was not expected to travel to the capital.

His trip came after weeks of anti-government rallies across Baghdad and the south.

Iraqi officials told AFP that Pence spoke to Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi by telephone.

Nov 19 07:15

UK Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan Highlighted by War Crime Claims

The alleged bid by the British government and army to close down investigations into torture and murder in Iraq and Afghanistan appears to be the latest aspect of a widespread desire in in the UK to forget all about these failed wars.

Joining the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 is commonly blamed on Tony Bair, but there is little interest in the desperate situation into which British troops were plunged post-invasion, first in southern Iraq and then, three years later, in Helmand province in Afghanistan.

The gravity of the miscalculations in each case is not in doubt. Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, the British ambassador in Kabul at the time, wrote in his memoirs that the worst mistake made by the Foreign Office in the previous 30 years was the invasion of Iraq, and the second worst was “its enthusiastic endorsement of Britain’s half-baked effort to occupy Helmand in 2006”.

Nov 18 12:28

Sadr to US: Interfere in early elections and you’ll be kicked out of Iraq

Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Monday warned “occupying America” against intervening in Iraqi affairs, including their supervision of the potential early elections to meet some anti-government protester demands. Sadr vowed to end US presence in Iraq if they continued to intervene in the country's affairs.

“Enough of you interfering in our affairs. Iraq already has great [individuals] who can protect it and doesn’t need intervention from you or anyone else,” Sadr, who is head of the 2018 parliamentary election-winning Sayirun Alliance, said on Monday.

“Occupying America has proven again” that it interferes in the affairs of other countries, he added, but it is Iraqis who will settle the fate of “corrupt” officials the US “imposed” on Iraqis after it invaded the country in 2003.

Nov 18 12:23

Protesters being killed by 'third party', not Iraq’s security forces: defense minister

Iraq’s defense minister has accused an unspecified “third party” of killing protesters to ignite violence with the security forces in the streets and cause national “instability”, as protests in the country’s south and center continue.

Najah al-Shimmari made the claim during an interview with France 24 in Paris on Saturday.

“The Iraqi national security forces are not who is killing the protesters,” Shimmari said. “There is a third party killing the protesters, to push protesters to clash with security forces to spread instability in Iraq.” He offered no elaboration on who said “third party” may be.

Nov 18 06:59

ICC could investigate UK war crimes cover-up in Iraq

Leaked documents accuse the British government and the army of covering up the killing of children and the torture of civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a Panorama/Sunday Times investigation.

The accusations have been made after new evidence obtained from the Iraq historic allegations team (IHAT), which investigated war crimes carried out by British soldiers in Iraq, and Operation Northmoor, which examined war crimes in Afghanistan.

Detectives from IHAT found evidence of abuse at the British army base in Basra, Camp Stephen, after British soldiers and army staff gave statements detailing that two men were tortured and found dead with bags tied over their heads.

Nov 16 22:44

FLASHBACK: President Morales Calls Out U.S. Foreign Policy as Trump Listens in UN Security Council Meeting

If the U.S. cared, it “would not have threatened with military intervention democratically elected governments as it has done with #Venezuela,” the Bolivian president continued in his denunciation of American violations of #InternationalLaw. “The United States could not care less about human rights nor justice. If this were the case, it would have signed the international conventions and treaties for the have protection of human rights.”

President #Trump wore a small earpiece to hear the English translation while others wear larger ones at the UN Security Council meeting.

“In no way is the United States interested in upholding democracy. If such were the case it would not have financed coups d'etat and supported dictators,” said Evo Morales, President of Bolivia.

“Morales was in a position to make the statements because Bolivia is one of the nonpermanent slots on the council. ” - The Hill, Justin Wise - 09/26/18

Nov 16 05:50

Series Of Blasts Target Mass Protest Gathering In Baghdad, Multiple Dead & Wounded

A series of explosions ripped through central Baghdad on Friday night, and appeared to target protests which have raged since early October, killing at least three people. Some unconfirmed reports have cited four dead and a dozen wounded in a developing situation where the casualty toll is expected to climb.

The final in a string of blasts was identified according to early reports and video as a car bomb in Tahrir Square, which did the worst damage, killing and wounding multiple protesters.

Second explosion in Baghdad. Minutes earlier at least 4 killed and 11 heavily wounded by a car bomb #Iraqpic.twitter.com/dQNNHeSeux

— hocmountain ? (@hocmountain) November 15, 2019

"A large number of people injured by the booby-trapped car bomb were taken by the drivers of the Tek-Tik wheels to hospitals near Tahrir," a source told Arabic media. Another blast was reported in nearby Tayaran Square as well, which may have also resulted in casualties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is obvious that neither the Iraqi government or military are in control; so cui bono?!? Who benefits?!?

Not Muktada Al Sadr; his majority in Iraq's Parliament is now seen as part of the problem.

Perhaps US elements who have rejected the Iraqi's desire for the US to be completely out of the country?!? It is hard to say with certainty.

Nov 12 05:59

Warns Iraq must also halt violence against protesters

Throughout weeks of recent anti-government protests in Iraq the US wasn’t immediately clear on their position. It was only following weekend reports of Iran trying to save the current government and forestall early elections that the US declared itself firmly on the side of early elections.

The White House demanded that the Iraqi government immediately fulfill talk of reforms and early elections by President Salih, further demanding an immediate halt on violence against Iraqi protesters.

These are somewhat uncharacteristic positions for the US to take on Iraq, as generally they, like Iran, prefer to prolong the survival of governments at any cost, and they’ve rarely presented anything like opposition to crackdowns on public protests before.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the delicious smell of irony and hypocrisy in the morning!!

And it is only because Iran is desperately attempting to preserve the Iraqi government, that the US government is backing snap elections here.

Nov 11 12:18

17 rockets land near Iraqi airbase housing US forces

A barrage of 17 rockets have come down near an Iraqi airbase housing American forces in the Arab country’s north, causing some material damage but no casualties.

Iraq’s Armed Forces released a statement, saying the incident took place near the outpost in the town of Qayyarah in Iraq’s Nineveh Province on Friday.

No person or group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

The United States invaded Iraq in 2003 on the second leg of its so-called war on terror, which had it first stage a no-holds-barred attack against Afghanistan.

Unremitting violence continue to plague both countries since then, with anti-American sentiment and US-led foreign presence being blamed for much of the plight.

Nov 09 06:34

More Iraqi Protesters Killed, Sistani Says Time for Govt to Meet DemandsSistani aide: No longer can government procrastinate

Iraqi security forces continued to crack down on protests Friday, with security forces killing at least 10 people in Basra, where the protesters have been keeping the country’s main Gulf port closed for days.

Live gunfire and killing protesters hasn’t worked in the past, nor is there any sign it’s going to work here. The biggest issue is likely to be Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani’s sermon, which is now saying the government must immediately meet demands of protesters.

The top religious leader in Iraq, Sistani has long warned against using force against the protesters, and now says it is time to just meet the demands of the protesters immediately. His aide Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalaie, added that their position is that the Iraqi government can not “procrastinate on this issue because of the great risks facing the country.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, I have three words for you, and they are BLESS YOU SIR!!

Speaking out against corruption in government is not an easy task (and trust me, sir, as an American, I do know just a tiny bit about this); I understand that this took a lot of moral courage on your part, but you absolutely did the right thing here.

Because if policy makers in Baghdad do not listen to you, we may well be looking at a bloody revolution in Iraq, with a government permanently aligned with other than American interests, and that influence would most likely coming from...Iran.

Unfortunately, the Iranian-born Shiite Cleric, Muktada Al Sadr, whose party created a significant coalition in the last Parliamentary elections, is now seen as part of the problem, because his influence really did nothing to create a cure for Iraq's corruption, even though he has railed against it frequently.

Nov 07 11:25

Over A Dozen Iraq Protesters Shot Dead In Last 48 Hours; Military Bans Use Of Live Ammo

Days into a government ordered internet blackout across much of the country, Iraqi security forces are in the midst of a new major crackdown on massive protests which have gripped the nation for over a month.

In the past days it's been marked by use of live ammunition, increasing arrests, and cutting off protester communications; however, these heavy handed tactics and new violence appear to be having little effect on slowing the demonstrators' momentum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a point where even fear of losing one's life, no longer has power over protestors; when this happens in Iraq, expect to see thousands more demonstrating, and potentially dying.

Nov 05 09:12

Israel hails anti-government protesters in Iraq

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz yesterday expressed his support for anti-government protests in Iraq; slammed Iran’s alleged intervention in the crackdown on demonstrators.

On Twitter, Katz wrote: “We sympathise with the Iraqi people’s protest for freedom & dignity. We condemn their repression and murder led by Qassem Suleimani & Iranian Revolutionary Guards.”

“The Iraqi people have a long & glorious history. Many Israelis from Iraq fondly remember years of living together.”

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